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Properties of Matter Second Grade Science Unit NGSS

Linda Kamp
Grade Levels
2nd, Homeschool
Formats Included
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264 pages + Power Point
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This is an in-depth states and properties of matter unit with detailed, science lesson plans for second grade. Designed to excite your students' curiosity and connect prior knowledge, students learn through engaging, high-interest lessons with hands-on investigations and experiments.

Students are introduced to science practices, such as making observations, constructing explanations, using evidence to support a claim, and designing solutions to problems.

DISTANCE LEARNING: I have added directions for adapting and digitizing the student pages and Power Point lessons in this resource for distance learning and Google Classroom. All student activities are also available in a ready-made digital version.

CLICK HERE for the Google slides version of all student activities in this unit.

Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, commonly taught state science standards, and Common Core State Standards, this flexible unit can be taught over 10, 15, or 17 days depending on the number of experiments you choose to do.

During each lesson students are presented with engineering connections that enable them to understand how solids, liquids, and gases are used in their everyday lives. Students plan and carry out investigations and experiments, Turn and Talk with partner discussion questions and Write About It with science journal activities.

Assess each lesson with 2 quick check/exit ticket options in fill in the blank or short written response format. A unit assessment concludes the unit.

I’ve included detailed, scripted lesson plans, guiding questions and objectives cards, science center extension activities and a related videos and read alouds list with all in an easy-prep planning binder. I’ve made it easier than ever to plan and teach an organized and effective unit, stress-free!


-A complete Teacher’s Guide with unit pacing guide & materials list

-Standards alignment pages

-8 Detailed, scripted science lesson plans. Each lesson takes 1-2 days to teach.

-8 Investigation/experiments with lab procedures and directions with photos

-8-Lesson Teaching Power Point

-Essential Question and Learning Target Posters

-Student science journal with activity pages for each lesson

-Vocabulary lesson cards + full page posters

-Quick Check/Exit Tickets in 2 formats for each lesson (short written response or fill in
the blank)

-Unit test & all assessment answer keys

-Related videos and book list

5 Literacy-Based Science Centers

Reinforce science content as students practice these literacy skills:

Cause & Effect



Comparing & Contrasting

Applying Vocabulary


Lesson 1: Describing Matter

Investigation 1: Cracker Lab

Lesson 2: Properties of Matter

Investigation 2: Testing Flexibility

Lesson 3: Understanding & Using Solids

Investigation 3: Design-A-Toy Using a Solid, Liquid & Gas

Lesson 4: Understanding & Using Liquids

Investigation 4: Design-Build-Test Model Dam

Lesson 5: Understanding & Using Gases

Investigation 5: Carbonation Exploration Pop Rocks Lab

Lesson 6: Changing Matter (Reversible and Irreversible Changes)

Investigation 6: Push & Pull Play Doh Lab

Lesson 7: Temperature and Matt

Investigation 7: Ice Cream in a Bag

Lesson 8: Matter Within Objects

Investigation 8: What Shapes Are Best for Building?

*Please see the preview for details and pictures of all materials included in your download.

Note: This is a very large unit that downloads as a zipped folder with 3 separate files inside. CLICK HERE for directions to open a ZIP file.

Happy teaching!

Linda Kamp

Around the Kampfire

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Scientists & The Scientific Method: Intro to Science Gr 2-3

Properties of Matter-Gr 2

Landforms & Earth Changes-Gr 2

Habitats & Ecosystems-Gr 2

Plants & Animals-Gr 2

Plant Life Cycle

Butterfly Life Cycle

Landforms Writing Project

2nd Grade DIGITAL Science Units with Narrated Lessons:

Properties of Matter Digital Lessons & Activities

Habitats & Ecosystems Digital Lessons & Activities

Scientists & The Scientific Method Digital Lessons & Activities

Earth Changes & Landforms Digital Lessons & Activities

Plants & Animals Digital Lessons & Activities

Habitats Reading Passages (PRINT & DIGITAL)


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Total Pages
264 pages + Power Point
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account of how an object made of a small set of pieces can be disassembled and made into a new object. Examples of pieces could include blocks, building bricks, or other assorted small objects.
Analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for an intended purpose. Examples of properties could include, strength, flexibility, hardness, texture, and absorbency. Assessment of quantitative measurements is limited to length.
Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. Observations could include color, texture, hardness, and flexibility. Patterns could include the similar properties that different materials share.
Construct an argument with evidence that some changes caused by heating or cooling can be reversed and some cannot. Examples of reversible changes could include materials such as water and butter at different temperatures. Examples of irreversible changes could include cooking an egg, freezing a plant leaf, and heating paper.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


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